Album Review – Plagues of Babylon (Iced Earth)

Set as seen in Plagues of Babylon cover

 

Doctor Necrotic checks out the latest nightmarish concept album from Iced Earth!  And this time, the music dives into the depths of a desolate Hellscape, with the help of Set Abominae.

As many know, Iced Earth is one of those bands that really excel around making hard-hitting concept albums.  These tend to be about gritty anti-heroes like Spawn and the band’s official mascot, Set; not to mention albums that span entire genres like Gothic horror, dystopian fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction.  Iced Earth’s latest, Plagues of Babylon, hones in on the last subject.
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From the Vaults: Silent Hill (Video Game) Review

This is actually one of my first reviews. Since I consider it one of my better ones, I decided to post it here.

Silent Hill Box
Alongside Resident Evil, this series helped to bring Survival Horror into the mainstream. Before this trend faded out in favor of action games, the world of Silent Hill scared audiences everywhere.
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Rest In Peace, Mighty Cosmic Overlord

Oderus Urungus

My first official post is far from a pleasing one.  As many have already found out, GWAR’s frontman, Dave Brockie, alias “Oderus Urungus” died in his home some time last night.  It was later confirmed by his fellow bandmates.  Like many members that have left or passed prior, he helped to really shape the face of GWAR and create an iconic image of b-movie camp, shock horror, trashy lyrics, and incredible stage shows.

Jack Flanagan, the band manager stated the following in response to the tragedy;

“It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

The band was pretty much a big part of my public school and college experience.  I still loved hijacking the college cafeteria speakers to play GWAR instead of the trite, bland Top 40 “music” that passed through the air waves.  The reactions of revolt and disgust were enough for me, and it was GWAR that made that wonderful experience happen. While I never had the privilege of going to a concert, I was still treated to their brutal mock-executions and awesomely tasteless humor through video streams on the internet. While it wasn’t as good as seeing them live, they created a stunning display none the less.  Of course, I’ll always love GWAR, but it simply won’t be the same without Oderus leading the team.  May you return to the cosmos in peace, mighty space conqueror!

Some words of welcome and my general game plan

For those who’ve followed my on Tumblr previously, welcome!  Needless to say, I’ve become rather tired of that website.  The experience has been exhausting and disappointing, to say the least.  That said, I’ll still post on my Tumblr blogs, but if I can help it, I’ll make this page my focus. I won’t delete my old blog, and I’ll probably start cross-posting to there. And if I get the income, I’ll probably upgrade this page and truly keep it as my main priority, making it as professional as possible.

That said, I plan on using this blog primarily for honing my skills in reviewing. Needless to say, after exploring this site for a bit, I feel like I’m going up against the big leagues. While intimidating, I’m certainly up for the challenge! Now, as for a schedule, I plan on posting content “from the vaults” mid-week and new content at the end of the week. After I’m finished with “The Vaults”, I’ll see what else I can dig up and post.

Also, I’m considering a separate blog dedicated to my roleplaying game stuff as well. While I’ll review and talk about roleplaying games on this blog occasionally, that’s not my focus. Campaigns and homebrew will probably appear on another one.

Anyway, here’s to hoping this fresh start will turn out to be another step towards something good in the future.

Cheers!

EDIT: I’ll probably become more active once I find out how to operate this site. It didn’t take me too long to figure out Tumblr, I’m sure I can handle this.